RESIDENTS in a west Oxfordshire village will today help decide new fuel-cutting measures as part of a ground-breaking community project.

North Leigh, near Witney, is being challenged to become Oxfordshire's first energy-efficient village - and the first open meeting to get the campaign going is being held today at the village Memorial Hall.

Southern Electric is teaming up with the North Leigh Energy Efficiency Project and Thames Valley Energy Centre (TVEC) with residents being asked to trial new smart meters and monitoring devices, along with home energy surveys, free advice workshops and grants for insulation.

The village's total energy consumption will be measured over the next two years.

The meeting is at 7pm.

Stephen Millward, of Southern Electric, said: "For this project to be a real success we need as many residents as possible to come along and tell us how we can help them reduce energy use."